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Jefferson City police launch Sober Driving campaign

Program offers taxi rides to impaired drivers

The Jefferson City Police Department began the annual Sober Driver campaign Wednesday in an effort to increase awareness of the program during the holidays.

This a community-based program that provides free taxi rides to individuals who have become too impaired to legally or safely drive an automobile, or to passengers who choose not to ride with an impaired driver.

Free taxi rides can be acquired in two ways:

  1. From an establishment that sells alcohol by the drink. Patrons or a business representative should call 636-7102 for a free ride home. A Checker Cab will be dispatched to your location. A “Sober Driver” ticket will be presented to the individual needing a ride by the business. The patron presents the ticket to the cab driver. The ticket entitles the passenger to a free ride home.

  2. From private parties that have acquired tickets in advance. Individuals hosting private parties are eligible to use this program.

Tickets for party guests can be acquired before the event by calling:

*Fechtel Beverage, 425 W. Elm St., 636-5161.

*Jefferson City Police Department, 401 Monroe St., Sgt. Jeff Stiefermann, 634-6397.

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